asked the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations what further information he has received as to the reasons for the recent revocation of leasehold rights of occupancy in the Arusha area of Tanganyika; and what steps Her Majesty's Government are proposing to take to ensure that, where appropriate, British nationals are adequately compensated for the deprivation of their properties.
No specific reasons have been given, but these rights of occupancy were revoked under longstanding legislation providing for the proper development of land in Tanganyika. As regards the second part of the question, I understand that the Tanzanian Government have appointed a commission to inquire into individual cases. It is, therefore, premature to speak of deprivation of property.
Will the right hon. Gentleman give an assurance that he will not accept what has gone on in Tanzania as a pattern for the Government's leasehold enfranchisement?